These Are the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America Right Now

Even if you'll likely never be on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, you can at least live like the rich if you choose the right profession.

Glassdoor recently put out its report for the 25 highest-paying jobs in America and to little surprise, the professions you heard about when you were a kid still reign supreme -- doctors and lawyers. But as technology plays a bigger role in society, tech-related jobs are popping up as well.

To come up with the list, Glassdoor took anonymous salary reports from its enormous user base and included some of the cities where these professions are growing most quickly

What follows below is a list of 2017's 25 best-paying jobs in the U.S.

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Editor's Pick: This article was originally published on April 10, 2017.

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25. Attorney
25. Attorney

Median base salary: $94,695

Attorneys can have a wide variety of roles related to law, but understanding and interpreting the laws of the land is what the job universally requires. A bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate, along with passing the bar exam in the state you're working in, are required.

New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles are just some of the hotter cities across America looking for more lawyers.

24. Nuclear Engineer
24. Nuclear Engineer

Median base salary: $94,852

Nuclear engineers "research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. Many of these engineers find industrial and medical uses for radioactive materials-for example, in equipment used in medical diagnosis and treatment," according to the BLS.

Cities like Knoxville, Tenn.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and New York are in high-demand for nuclear engineers.

23. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
23. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Median base salary: $94,862

A financial planning and analysis manager has an important role inside a company -- it's this person's job to interpret certain financial data and give his opinion related to financial decisions and priorities. Cities like New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas are clamoring to fill some of these open spots.

22. Scrum Master
22. Scrum Master

Median base salary: $95,167

A Scrum Master makes sure a Scrum team lives and adheres to the values of Scrum, according to Mountain Goat Software's website, focused on a methodology that allows a team to organize itself and make changes on the fly. 

This job is popular in cities like Richmond, Va., Minneapolis and Dallas.

21. Plant Manager
21. Plant Manager

Median base salary: $97,189

No, this isn't Homer Simpson's dream job -- a plant manager helps make sure a manufacturing plant runs smoothly and efficiently, while maintaining the safety and productivity, according to Snagajob.com.

Cities like Houston, Tulsa and Phoenix are looking to fill positions related to this role.

20. Systems Architect
20. Systems Architect

Median base salary: $97,873

This position helps build and maintain a company's database, software and works on coding various systems it needs or will need. The job required a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering and/or computer science and cities like Seattle, San Jose and Philadelphia are looking for these candidates.

19. UX Manager
19. UX Manager

Median base salary: $98,353

A UX manager helps shape the look and feel of a product or piece of software. The job requires a bachelor's degree, usually in computer science or information systems, along with a bit of design experience. Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago are some of the hot spots for this hot job.

18. IT Program Manager
18. IT Program Manager

Median base salary: $98,883

An IT Program Manager makes sure a company's IT programs run and operate smoothly. A bachelor's degree is required and cities such as Boston, Seattle and San Antonio are searching high and wide to fill these positions.

17. Actuary
17. Actuary

Median base salary: $99,507

Insurance companies are always on the look out for actuaries, who help companies analyze and understand risk and uncertainty. New York; Newark, NJ; and Portland, Ore. are just a few of the cities across the U.S. looking for actuaries.

 
 

16. Data Architect
16. Data Architect

Median base salary: $102,091

Data architects build out the technology runaway that a company needs. Like most technology-specific jobs, they need at least a B.S. in computer science or information systems and often require more.

15. Solutions Architect
15. Solutions Architect

Median base salary: $102,678

Solutions architects help companies design or build products and are active on the technical side of the equation as well. These jobs usually require at least a bachelor's degree in computer systems or information systems and cities like Chicago, Boston and Seattle are actively looking for qualified candidates. 

14. Nurse Practitioner
14. Nurse Practitioner

Median base salary: $104,144

The health care industry continues to see strong job growth, adding about 32,000 jobs a month throughout 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

13. Software Architect
13. Software Architect

Median base salary: $104,754

Software architects (desired in cities like San Jose, San Francisco and Atlanta) create computer programs and help a company's executives understand an organizations technical plans and needs.

12. IT Architect
12. IT Architect

Median base salary: $105,303

An IT architect's primary job responsibility is to design and maintain a company's computer networks. 

11. Software engineering manager
11. Software engineering manager

Median base salary: $109,350

A software engineering manager manages a team of software engineers that build and "design enterprise software products and operating systems," according to Salary.com. This job is in demand in cities like San Francisco, Seattle and New York, with more than 1,000 job openings across the country.

10. Corporate Controller
10. Corporate Controller

Median base salary: $110,855

Helping a company keep track of its finances is an especially important position and often requires an undergraduate (and most cases, graduate) degree in accounting.

Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco are some of the hottest cities if you're a number cruncher.

9. R&D Manager
9. R&D Manager

Median base salary: $111,905

In the pharmaceutical industry, developing new drugs a lifeline, and the R&D manager plays an integral role.

Cities like Montvale, N.J.; Evansville, Ind.; and Fort Myers, Fla. are some of the hottest cities around America where companies are looking to fill this position.

8. Applications Development Manager
8. Applications Development Manager

Median base salary: $112,045

Cities like Jersey City, Washington D.C. and Dallas are some of the cities across the U.S. searching for this technology-related profession.

7. Physician assistant
7. Physician assistant

Median base salary: $112,529

With more than 13,000 job openings on Glassdoor, physician assistant is one of the highest paying jobs that is also most readily available. Cities like Houston, San Antonio and Baltimore are just some of the areas where this is a rising profession.

6. Enterprise architect
6. Enterprise architect

Median base salary: $112,560

An enterprise architect isn't someone designing buildings -- this person works inside a company to understand how the business, strategy and processes all link to its IT strategy and then helps the company adapt.

New York City, San Francisco and Chicago are some of the hottest cities for this profession.

5. Pharmacist
5. Pharmacist

Pharmacist

Median base salary: $125,847

If you're willing to go to college for five years  (or more in case for a managerial position) and get a degree in pharmacy, the career path can be quite lucrative, especially if you want to live in a big city. Providence, Baltimore, San Diego, Sacramento and Milwaukee are all in desperate need of filling pharmacy jobs.

4. Medical Science Liaison
4. Medical Science Liaison

Median base salary: $132,842

A Medical Science Liaison wears a number of hats in the biopharmaceutical and health-care industries and is compensated accordingly. Generally these workers have a doctorate degree and make sure "that products are utilized effectively, serve as scientific peers and resources within the medical community and are scientific experts to internal colleagues at companies," according to the Medical Science Liaison Society website.

 

3. Patent attorney
3. Patent attorney

Median base salary: $139,272

Patent attorneys have become a lucrative career path, especially as technology companies worry their competitors are going to infringe upon their patents seemingly every day. If you're willing to live in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston or Denver, this might be the career path for you.

2. Pharmacy Manager
2. Pharmacy Manager

Median base salary: $149,064

Keeping track of people's prescriptions can be a harrowing, but lucrative, job for those who know how to do it. With nearly 2,400 job openings across the country, pharmacy manager is a desirable career path for those looking to live well.

1. Physician
1. Physician

Median base salary: $187,876

There are more than 7,000 job openings for physicians on Glassdoor. If you happen to live in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Austin or Chicago, you're in luck -- those are the hottest cities for physicians.

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